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US killer of wife, unborn baby appeals conviction

LOS ANGELES -- A U.S. man convicted eight years ago of murdering his wife and unborn son in a high-profile case has appealed to California's Supreme Court, officials said Friday.

Scott Peterson is on death row after being found guilty in 2004 of suffocating his pregnant wife Laci and dumping her body in San Francisco Bay on Christmas Eve 2002, but has always maintained his innocence.

The former fertilizer salesman's attorney, noted death penalty lawyer Cliff Gardner, filed a 427-page appeal to California's highest court on Thursday, said court clerk Cecilia Wong.

Peterson's attorney says media coverage surrounding the case influenced the jury, even though the trial was moved from Stanislaus County to San Mateo County in order to reduce the impact of publicity.

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